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Weight-loss goal setting

With Claire Turnbull, Healthy Food Guide nutritionist.

It is so easy for the weeks and months to fly by and for us to lose sight of the goals we have, particularly when it comes to our own health and well-being. This often takes a back seat when we are busy working or looking after others all the time. It is important to remember, though, to be your best at work and with your friends and family, sometimes you need to put yourself first.

At the start of any journey, it is good to get a feel for where you are going and, of course, how you are going to get there. I have a few questions for you to think about, to help you plan a 12 week weight loss journey.

The focus of your journey

What do you feel you need to focus on over the next 12 weeks that will help you to reach your vision? Think about any habits and behaviours that currently get in the way of looking and feeling how you would really like to, and what you can do about them. For instance, work on my nibbling and picking habits; break my ‘wine every night’ habit; eat portions that better suit my body; create a healthy exercise routine; or find other ways to manage my emotions that don’t involve eating chocolate.

Identifying three things will be more than enough. Focusing on changing too many things can be overwhelming.

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Your vision

At the end of 12 weeks, what three things describe how you would really like to look or feel? For example, I would like to wake up and have lots of energy in the morning; feel more confident in my clothes; or feel like I have control over food and not that it controls me.

Give yourself time to think about these so what you decide really feels right to you.

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Claire Turnbull
Healthy Food Guide nutritionist

First published: Oct 2017



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